Fortunella margarita 'Nagami'Item #2560 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 10
This small tree loads its dense branches with bright orange, delicate, tart tasting oval fruit, fall through midwinter. The rind is sweet and therefore the fruit is usually eaten whole. Very ornamental in containers or indoors in bright light. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SIT-rusPlant type:CitrusDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring to late summerFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasWith its clusters of small orange fruit, this tree is highly ornamental and it's little enough to tuck in anywhere. Its upright form lends itself to low, mounded underplantings. Beautiful in a container planting on an outdoor patio or indoors in the kitchen or sun room. Great addition to an Asian inspired theme garden.Companion PlantsOlive (Olea); Pomegranate (Punica); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Bay Laurel (Laurus)
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Kumquats are native to China and have been grown in China and Japan for centuries. They were introduced to Europe in 1846 by Robert Fortune of the Royal Horticultural Society. The plant made its way to North America shortly after its introduction in Europe. Kumquats were included in the genus Citrus until about 1915 when Dr. Walter T. Swingle set them apart in the genus Fortunella, which embraces six Asiatic species.Lore:Kumquats are used all over the world in culinary recipes and holiday decorations. The common name, which has been spelled cumquat, or comquot, means "gold orange" in China. The Japanese equivalent is kin kan or kin kit for the round type, too kin kan, for the oval type. In Southeast Asia, the round is called kin, kin kuit, or kuit xu, and the oval, chu tsu or chantu. In Brazil, the trade name may be kumquat, kunquat, laranja de ouro, or dos orientais.